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Renolit adds composite sheet production at APPL Gor in India


Renolit has expanded production of its Tecnogor thermoformable composite sheet, by opening a new line in India. The company has added


the line at its APPL Gor Plastics India plant in Pune – the first time it has made the sheet outside Europe. The product is aimed at manufacturers of automo- tive interiors in India and the Asia Pacific region. A key feature of the new line is the inclusion of Renolit’s patented extrusion processing technology for making the product – a glass fibre-reinforced, PP-based thermoplastic composite. High-quality 3D trim parts can be thermoformed in a high productivity ‘glue free’ one-step-process, which reduces production costs, says the company. Renolit says the production process


Distributor for Lactips


IMCD, a global distributor of speciality chemicals and food ingredients, has signed a deal with Lactips, which makes a water-solu- ble bioplastic. IMCD will begin distributing the company’s material in France, and the Nordic region. After starting in these two pilot regions, the partners want to expand to the rest of Europe. � www.imcd.sewww.lactips.com


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Renolit’s Indian subsidiary will make Tecnogor composite sheet for thermoformed automotive interior components


gives the product high stiffness and impact performance. The patented fibre-embedding extrusion technique also makes it a clean, safe material to handle on the shop floor and after moulding. This is because the glass fibres are encapsulated in the polymer matrix during extrusion. The new line can produce


a number of other Renolit products, such as Deep- Stock and Flexigor. “For many years we could


only offer the Renolit Wood-Stock sheet range, but can now offer a wider range of sustainable products which offer solutions to real problems the market is facing using traditional glass fibre mats,”


said Rahul Chivate, general manager of APPL Gor Plastics India. Adriano Odino, technical


director of Renolit Compos- ites, who led the installation project, added: “The local engineering team did a great job installing and commissioning the new line – which is now operational.” � www.renolit.com


US medical thermoformer Nelipak bought by Kohlberg


Nelipak, a US-based producer of thermoformed rigid packaging for the medical and pharmaceutical industries, has been acquired by private equity firm Kohlberg, from its previ- ous owner Mason Wells. It will operate as Nelipak


Healthcare Packaging. Its products include


healthcare packaging used for Class II and Class III medical devices, and


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pharma drug delivery products. It employs around 800 people across seven production facilities – five in the Americas, and two in Europe. “We have accomplished a lot during the past six years,” said Mike Kelly, president and CEO of Nelipak. “Kohlberg is committed to investing in Nelipak to make us an even stronger organisation with


additional capabilities to offer our customers around the world.”


Seth Hollander, a partner


at Kohlberg, added: “Nelipak has successfully transformed itself into a leading global player in healthcare packaging and an ideal platform for further industry consolidation,” said Seth Hollander, a partner at Kohlberg. � www.nelipak.com


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